Degree Programs - Coastal Carolina University
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Master of Arts in Writing

Master of Arts

The M.A. in Writing program offers courses in creative writing, composition, professional writing, literature, and linguistics. Some students focus on creative writing generally (and on a specific genre like fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction), while other students build a concentration in composition studies or professional and technical writing. Still others assemble a course of study across several different fields of writing. Though many of our students are aspiring creative writers and composition instructors, the program is relevant for K-12 teachers, business professionals, and anyone that desires to improve their written communication skills and analytical ability. 

What You'll Study

Our department is made up of extraordinary faculty members who are outstanding teachers and scholars engaged in a wide range of innovative (and often interdisciplinary) scholarship and creative work. Our professors write books about “poetry and the transcultural South” and about rock music’s intimate relationship with trash. They write novels about parasitic wasps, short stories about random encounters with Loss, memoirs about playing bass in a band for over twenty years, and poems about very old teeth. They write scholarly articles on Shakespeare, aging, Southern regional colloquialisms, and obsolescence in the new digital age. They present academic papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and they give readings of their creative work at book festivals, universities, and renowned writers’ workshops like Sewanee and Bread Loaf. And they pour every bit of their expertise and experience into the classroom each day.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program will have opportunities to earn academic credit by working on the preparation and production of issues of Waccamaw, Coastal Carolina’s online literary journal. Waccamaw has published a wide array of contemporary authors since its debut in 2008, and work appearing in the journal has been selected for the Best of the Web and Best of the Net anthologies. 


Students in Coastal Carolina's M.A. in Writing program take:

  • Two core courses selected from options in Editing and Publishing, Forms of Creative Writing, and Composition & Rhetoric; 
  • Three workshops selected from options in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Professional and Technical Writing, and Composition and Rhetoric; 
  • Two courses in literature and/or linguistics; 
  • Three elective courses that may include additional workshops in creative writing; and 
  • Three hours of portfolio research.

The curriculum’s diversity and flexibility allow students to study extensively in one genre (creative writing, composition, or professional & technical writing) while also broadening their educational range through coursework in additional genres. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a range of professional opportunities after school or for continued study in M.F.A. or Ph.D. programs.